After the Lance Armstrong doping scandal plagued the headlines earlier this year, Hollywood is weighing in to have its say with not one, not two, but THREE movies in the works, profiling the seven-time Tour de France winner’s infamous downfall.
The latest film is penned by Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge with 3:10 to Yuma’s Ben Foster in final talks to star as the disgraced cyclist. The Working Title interpretation will pay special attention to Armstrong’s recent doping scandal that saw the former professional cyclist stripped of his seven Tour de France titles before he admitted his history of using performance enhancing drugs to US chat show host, Oprah Winfrey.
But this Stephen Frears-directed reworking of Armstrong’s story has company…
Paramount and JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot are working on their own adaptation of Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, written by The New York Times sports reporter Juliet Macur. Macur covered Armstrong’s story for over a decade, through his recovery from testicular cancer to his seven Tour titles and the subsequent exposure of his cheating.
Warner Bros are also said to be preparing their own untitled project with a script by Side Effects screenwriter Scott Z Burns, and Jay Roach (Game Chance, Recount) signed on to direct. This version also includes the life rights of Tyler Hamilton who was part of Armstrong’s inner circle on the US Postal Service Team and one of the first to break their code of silence.
While there is no doubt that Armstrong’s story is movie-worthy, do cinema-goers really need three interpretations of the scandal we already know back to front? Well, according to Hollywood we do…
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